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Hi all,

When I started blogging in 2012, I knew basically no one in the WordPress community, but I wanted to write. So, I like many others, just started to write. I'm not sure how it happened exactly, but one day I started getting lovely, encouraging, and sometimes hilarious comments from my now dear friend Stella. She had a different name, but the same sweet and friendly way.

She's a brilliant poet, and her prose will draw you into the world she has created. Check our her blog here.

Well, she recently reviewed my book, Encounters With Jesus, and I wanted to share her review here, with you all.

So - here goes:

Book Review–Don’t Miss This One!

Ben (Benjamin) Nelson, of Another Red Letter Day—a man I may never meet personally, but am proud to call brother—has written and published an anointed book.  Encounters With Jesus is beautiful, from cover to lovely cover.  Ben takes us through “40 days in the life of Jesus…through the eyes of those He touched”.

I first came across Ben’s blog six years ago and was impressed with his knowledge of the Bible, as well as his clear, concise, and engaging writing style.  In his book, he’s written the short “encounters” to reflect a distinctive new shimmer on the Biblical passages from which Ben has drawn them.

Throughout each “encounter”, Ben intersperses a verse or two from The Message Bible which adds to the “you are there” feeling you’ll enjoy as you read.  And although Ben suggests you not read the book in one sitting—but rather one story per day—I found it’s really hard to stop, once you open the first page.

I rarely do book reviews—and yes, I’m a little biased, but not over-much. This book will bless you in a way that warms and lights you up inside…and it makes a wonderful gift, too.  It’s available on—so treat yourself to something special!

I’m already looking forward to Ben’s next book—that’s how good Encounters With Jesus is.

© Stella Carousel, 2017 ~ All rights reserved.

Here's the link to the review in its original habitat.

Thanks so much Stella! As I have told you before, your encouragement during my earliest days of writing online is a big part of why I decided to put Encounters out there in the first place.

If you've not gotten your hands on a copy of Encounters With Jesus, what are you waiting for? This is a great time to walk through the life of Jesus. March 1st is he beginning of Lent this year, and those 40 days would be well spent taking a fresh look at the life of Jesus.

Get your copy here. It's available in paperback and kindle.

If you want to use it for a Bible Study or discussion group, quantities of 5 or more, email me ( and I can get you a price break.

Thank you all for stopping by.

See you again soon,



Encounters With Jesus just received another 5 Star review! Thank YOU!!

Here's what quierofuego has to say about Encounters With Jesus.


Encounters With Jesus - Available Now

I remember a period of time when the gospels came alive to me. I read through


them again and again, thinking "I finally get it! It's all about Jesus' compassion! Jesus didn't just heal people and do miracles to prove that he was God. He showed us what God's heart is."

In "Encounters With Jesus," Ben Nelson shares stories from the gospels from the perspectives of the people Jesus touched. This work is semi-fiction, as scripture only gives limited details its stories. It certainly doesn't contradict the account of scripture, but it helps us to imagine what the people who met Jesus thought and felt.

"Encounters With Jesus" often brought me to tears as I considered again the wonderful compassion and nature of Jesus--God in the flesh, God come as a man. This is a great resource to help you meditate on the nature of Christ and to let his goodness and compassion transform you.

Thank so much, if you have reviewed Encounters. It's such an encouragement to me and helps others find it, too.

If you're not familiar with Encounters With Jesus you can read a couple free chapters here (Blood in the Sheets) and here (What I found at the Well), and see what others are saying in their Amazon reviews here.

If you would like to order yours, it's available in paperback or kindle from Amazon. For orders of five or more copies - email me - and I can offer you a better price.

Thanks for stopping by and please forgive this shameless commerce post.

You are a blessing.

Keep the light shining.




I’ve just received a new review of my book Encounters With Jesus, and I wanted to share it with my blogging friends. I was blown away by Shari McGriff's words. I treasure this review since Shari is a great author in her own right, and an English professor to boot. You can check out her Facebook page and her books.

Here’s what I found in my Amazon reviews:

Find New Hope Here! Beautifully Written Devotional for Personal Use, Sunday School Class, or Home Bible Study with the Family.

Wonderful book, and so inspiring. Benjamin Nelson is a gifted writer, who has the ability to see into the past and describe biblical events from the point of view of each individual who encountered Jesus, in a personal way. This book is meant to be a personal encounter with Jesus for forty days, but I think it could be used as the curriculum for a Sunday School class, or a home bible study with the family, too. It's that good!

One of the stories that truly got to me was the story of Gilda, the woman with the issue of blood from the story "Blood in the Sheets." In this vignette, the author shows this account from her perspective, and he makes her real and relatable. During this particular time period, if you had a bleeding problem, you could no longer live with your family, because you were considered unclean. So this woman is completely alone in the world. In the story, she says, "I was Gilda the olive girl. I sold olives in the market. I was beautiful. People always remarked about the color of my eyes. They said my eyes matched my olives. ... I can't remember the last time anyone even looked at my eyes. Now I am forgotten." (Who can't relate to this? Don't we all feel like this sometimes? Don't we all feel unseen and unknown at times, but Jesus comes in and reminds us that we do matter to Him.) After she hears about Jesus, hope starts to arise in her once again, so she searches Him out for her healing, and the rest is history, as they say.

In this book, you'll find that the stories and characters from Biblical times will come alive for you. These people will become your friends, and you'll be able to relate to them in a new way. And hopefully, through their stories, your hope will come alive again or burn brighter, as you see your life through their lives. I pray you find out how much compassion and love Jesus has for you, like He did for them, as you read this book.

Let Jesus heal you through this book.

Encounters With Jesus - Available Now
Encounters With Jesus - Available Now

That, my friends, made my day (week.)

Encounters With Jesus might be the perfect Christmas gift for a friend or family member. Or perhaps you haven’t read it yet. It’s a great read for the holidays, or a devotional for the New Year.

You can pick up the paperback on my CreateSpace page, or Amazon. It's also available in Kindle or Nook format.

If you’re thinking of buying more than four, send me an email and I can offer you a discount based on the number you need.

I’m confident you will love this book!

If you’ve read it already and love it, it would be a great help to me if you would write a review on Amazon, or GoodReads, or

If you've never read any of these encounters - check out my personal favorite, the one mentioned in Shari's review above: Blood in the Sheets for free on-line.

cropped-BenHeadshot.jpgThanks for indulging me a little self-promotion.

Don’t forget to shine.



Encounters With JesusHi all,

I wanted to take a couple minutes and say thank you to all my blog friends who have been so supportive with my new endeavor as an author and to give you an update on my progress. I'm learning first hand that which I have heard over and over again. Once you publish a book, the work on your project has just begun. It probably more true (are there levels of truth?) for self published authors, because if anyone is going to promote your book, it's going to be you.

As to progress--well--there is progress, slow but steady. Since I self-published this volume, if I want it on book store shelves, I have to go to private books stores, and negotiate with each store owner personally. I have managed to get into a couple brick and mortar stores here in northern New Jersey. I am working on putting together a book signing some time in the mid to late summer in Iselen NJ at Jesus Book and Gifts.

All that said, I have a couple favors to ask of you, my friends, my blogging community of faith.

I've you have read 'Encounters With Jesus' it would be a huge favor to me, if you would head over to Amazon and rate it and review it. There are some places that won't even consider offering your book if it does not have a certain number of reviews, and some even require a certain number of 5 star reviews.

If you've ever ordered anything from Amazon, you can review anything on the site, even though you didn't buy it there.

Many who have read 'Encounters' have come back looking for more copies to give to friends and family. I am able to offer discounts for those who would like to purchase more than 4 at a time. For information email me directly--

If you haven't gotten your copy yet--well--what are you waiting for?

Pick up the paper back here: Paperback

Or get a kindle edition here: Kindle

Or for a real deal - you can buy the paperback and get the kindle for just $.99 here: Paperback & Kindle Combo

Once again, for quantities over 4 book, shoot me an email:

If you have no idea what I'm talking about you better hop over and find out here: Encounters With Jesus

benheadshot1Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the help.

See you again soon,



One of my "Must Listen" podcasts is "Fire on Your Head" which is hosted by Steve Bremner. He and his wife Lilly are missionaries to Peru, and he hosts a podcast that is always worth listening to. He's not afraid to talk about tough subjects, and he gets some of the best guest.

We have been online friends for a couple of years now, and I asked him if he would consider reviewing my book.

He did, and I am humbled by his words - I wanted to share it here so you could see it too.

So here's my friend Steve and his comments on my book - Encounters With Jesus.

Encounters With Jesus | Book Review | Steve Bremner.

By the way - one very tangible way you can help the ministry of this book is to review it on Amazon. Amazon promotes books that get reviews.

Ben NelsonThanks much

Walk in the light




THE ARTISAN SOUL: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art is a new book by Erwin Raphael McManus and I was blessed to receive an advance copy. The book is now available in hard cover and electronically, but more on that later.

As I read this book, I was so impressed by the fact that McManus was taking up so many of the themes that have been core to my message, and key areas that God has been growing in me for the last couple years.

Each chapter brings brilliant light to aspects of every life, and God’s hand not only in our design but in the execution of that design, what McManus refers to as craftsmanship.

Right out of the gate, in his first chapter “Soul, the essence of art,” he talks about how folks look for God, and find religious systems that, rather than leading them to what it means to be fully human, they are driven into conformity.

“Far too often spirituality has been replaced with standardization, and discovering the unique divine image within each person is replaced with a version of discipleship from the Industrial Revolution.”  (Page 16)

What is needed is rather the intimacy depicted even in our creation. Again from McManus:

“Our story begins with a kiss, mouth to mouth resuscitation. God pressing against us. We begin when God exhales and we inhale. This is the level of intimacy and synchronicity for which we were always intended.”   (Page 23)

He brought out how important community is to creativity as well. We were created not just for intimacy with the Father, but with a need and desire for community.

Throughout the work, McManus is drawing us to understand that 1) each of us is an artisan – created to create and 2) each of us is a work of art.

One of the most striking illustrations he makes later in the book is in a discussion of Jesus’ first miracle, the turning of water to wine at the wedding in Cana. He draws our attention to the fact that it was remarkable to the guests when rather than bring out cheap wine when the guests had been drinking, he saved the best wine for last.

Can you imagine in any universe that the Creator of the entire cosmos would put His signature on anything less than the most extraordinary expression of His work? You don’t speak light into existence and then create a $3 bottle of Sangria. (Page 176) [Tweet This]

This calls deep within me and says, God put His signature on you son, on you daughter, and you are not a $3 bottle of Sangria – You are a work of art.

The book is not just theory either. The last section is a working appendix of “practices to guide you through the creative process.”

Erwin McManus

This was a great read, and has stirred me up on a number of levels.

About the author:

Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast known as a cultural pioneer for this integration of creativity and spirituality. He is the founder of MOSAIC, a community of faith in Los Angeles, California. McManus is the author of Soul Cravings, Chasing Daylight, and other leading books on spirituality and creativity. McManus has a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A master’s of divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary and a doctorate of humane letters from Southeastern University. Visit the author on line at

You can purchase your copy at the author's page, or at my affiliate link below:


What We Believe is a guest post by Author, Jason Clark, whose new book Prone to Love is now available - enjoy...

What we believe determines how we live. What we believe controls our thoughts, our emotions, and our actions. What’s crazy is that we don’t even need to have all the facts. We live by what we perceive to be the truth.

Jason's new Book

When it comes to our heavenly Father, I think it’s astounding how greatly our lives are determined by what we believe. If we believe our Father is love and His love is perfected in His goodness, then we will trust Him. We will live in the expectation of a fuller, more powerful life. Our days will be marked by hope and joy and peace, even when life is hard, sad, and violent. If we believe that His love settles every need and answers every question that aches in our hearts, then we will step out boldly and risk. Our lives will be marked by love and the dangerous favor of God. We will be radical responders, living in a greater revelation of our Dad’s love.

But if we are unsure regarding our Father’s good love, then we’ll find ourselves living on defense; our days will be marked by fear. Trust, hope, and joy will be fleeting; they will become principles that are impossible to maintain. In the good days we will be anxious, always waiting for the “other shoe to drop.” We will try our hardest but we will live defensive and life will become a reaction to perceived attacks.

I once heard a great analogy that best describes this kind of powerless life. Let’s say I have a million dollars in my bank account but I’m only aware of a thousand. If that’s the case, then I will live in the limitation of the thousand. Every decision I make will be restricted to the lie that I only have a thousand bucks. My needs will go unmet, my family’s needs will go unmet, and giving becomes virtually nonexistent. I live broke and powerless.

When we, by faith, choose to believe that our heavenly Father is always good, that His love is perfected in His goodness and that He only has goodness and love for His us, there is a great shift that takes place in our hearts. We are empowered to discover freedom and authority. The same authority Jesus gave us through His life, death, and resurrection. All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me now go…” (Matt 28:18)

When we see God as our Father and become sure in His love, we are transformed, giving us access to our destiny. When we see our Father and become sure in His love, all impossibilities become possibilities—it’s called heaven on earth.

The fact is, whether saved or unsaved, what we believe about the nature of Father God determines how we relate with Him and directly affects how we live. [Tweet This]

May you become surer in His always good love today.

Jason Clark

About Jason

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters of the King and establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children. Jason’s new book Prone To Love is available now:

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